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Señor Gustavo Morales finally manage to go to a photo safari and to make photos of many lions which are his passion. He brings the present retablo to Saint Sebastian de Aparicio in gratitude for this favor.

May 17, 1951, during my act at the Union circus, a furios lion attacked me. My life was in danger, and I entrusted myself to the Virgin of Guadalupe of Mexico. I was saved, and I bring you this retablo in gratitude.

Francisco Torres, animal tamer

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Luis Perez thanks Saint Nicholas of Bari with this retablo because he was put in charge of feeding the lions at the zoo since he adores these animals.

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Virgin of Guadalupe, thank you because I survived after being attacked by the lion. That dangerous moment I entrusted myself to you and you protected me. Now I’m alright and keep working in the circus.

Vicente Perez
April 30, 1990, Mexico City

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The lion tamer Zamudio Rodriguez brings the present retablo to Saint James the Apostle for protecting him every night during his act at the circus. Those three ferocious beats he tames have never attacked him so far.

Jalisco, 1967

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I’m a big fan of selfies. The other day, I went to the zoo and thought it’d be cool to make a selfie with a lion and upload it on Facebook without realizing how dangerous it could be to have a lion so close. I bring this retablo to Saint Anthony the Great because thank to my phone’s flash the giant cat got scared and didn’t do anything to me. I promise to be more responsible while making photos.

Alex Ríos
Monterrey, Nuevo León

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The lion tamer Pedro Garcia brings this retablo to Saint John Bosco thanking him for his lioness gave birth to two cubs without problems and complications.

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The lion escaped from his cage and was about to attack the beautiful Carinina but the Virgin gave me courage and I put him back in the cage treating him with my shoe. I thank the Virgin because now I feel brave.

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I thank the Virgin, for the lion didn’t eat my piglet.


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April 30, 1930, we were performing in Villahermosa, Tabasco. During the lion taming act the tamer received a strong scratch and even his clothes were torn and his skin was cut. The furious animals was about to attack him again and we thought it should kill the tamer. But suddenly the Holy Virgin made a miracle and saved his life.

The Maravilla circus
Matias Lopez Espinosa
Villita de Guadalupe, October 30, 1932

Gregorio Rosas thanks the Virgin of Guadalupe for saving him. I was taming a lion in the circus and he got angry and attacked me. But you, Holy Virgin, protected and saved me.

Mexico City — October 25, 1977

I was going to be a trapeze artist, following our family tradition. But I wasn’t very good. Then one day I found out that I charm the fierce animals with my voice sound. So I began to work with big cats. They act as little kittens when I talk with them with sweetness, and they do everything I say. My act with the fierce animals has had a great success, and my animals love me. I thank the Virgin of Guadalupe for this gift.

Andres Ortega brings this retablo to Saint Thomas thanking him for becoming a lion tamer in the “Doris” circus and for his performances are going very well.